The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas brings writers, and the literary imagination, into the heart of public life.
Our innovative public programs include conversations featuring an eclectic mix of writers, scholars, and public figures, on topics ranging from the lure of violence as a spectacle, to land stewardship in the American West, to the neuroscience of imagination. Its biannual Jim Rogers Contrarian Lecture was inaugurated by Walter Mosley, and will be delivered in 2017 by Walter Kirn. BMI’s first annual festival, co-produced with The Believer magazine, debuts in the spring of 2017, including Miranda July, Carrie Brownstein, ZZ Packer, David Eggers, Jim James, and Luîs Alberto Urrea. BMI has also hosted, in the last few years alone, Wole Soyinka, Cheryl Strayed, Maggie Nelson, Jamaica Kincaid, George Saunders, Katharine Boo, Geoff Dyer, and Gary Snyder.
BMI’s fellowship programs include the first-ever U.S. City of Asylum program, which offers refuge, community, and career support to distinguished literary writers in exile; the Diana L. Bennett Fellowship for visiting writers; the Eleanor Kagi Foundation Fellowship in Literature and Medicine; a residential fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress; fellowships for PhD students in UNLV’s creative writing international program; and faculty fellowships for scholars at UNLV’s College of Liberal Arts.
BMI partners with a diverse array of institutions, beginning with the Department of English at UNLV and the students and faculty of its creative writing program. Other partners include The Writer’s Block and KNPR in Las Vegas, as well as the Library of Congress; the City of Asylum program in Pittsburgh, PA; McSweeney’s; and the International City of Refuge Network.